Essay about The U.S. Patriot Act

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The US Patriot Act
     Privacy can be considered one of the most valued rights of a civilized society. The founders of the constitution had this in mind when they developed search and seizure laws to protect the privacy of the citizens from the British soldiers. The invasion of privacy has been a much discussed and debated topic among both politicians and private citizens alike, and the question many are asking is, “How much freedom do we give up for our sense of security?”
     The US Patriot address issues of criminal activities in relation to acts of terror. While its intentions are well meant the controversy lies more in the public perception rather than in what the act itself
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It also allows law enforcement, once the item has been used once by the suspect, to monitor any use of the equipment no matter who is using it or what the use is for (Sun Set, 2005). The advantage to roving surveillance is that, when used as intended, can be a very useful tool in the “War Against Terrorism.” It can alert authorities of intended or planned locations of attack, and can assist in the identification of outside or additional parties involved.
     The discontent of the public is a large obstacle for the Patriot Act to overcome. Public interest and opinion typically have an impact on how politicians support, dispute and/or vote on government actions. If the public has a strong dislike for an action then sometimes the politically positioned people will vote as the people want whether it is right for the government as a whole or not. The purpose of politicians was to represent the people’s voice, however they also have a duty to oversee and hold that what is being done is also right for the country as a whole.
     In a typical criminal case law enforcement must have probable cause or proof that a crime is to be committed (Stravelli, 2003). The Patriot Act has in effect taken out the probable cause of not the party or parties being investigated, but those who will be monitored simply because they happened to buy gas at a different station than what was routine. There are some

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